Apple has fired the head of its mapping team over the disastrous launch of its iOS app in September. Richard Williamson directly oversaw the development of the app, which has been mocked for its various glitches, such as providing incorrect landmark searches and having some satellite images obscured by cloud.

Senior vice-president Eddy Cue pushed out Williamson as part of a management shake-up, and is now enlisting the help of mapping-technology experts to improve the app, according to Bloomberg.

He follows mobile-software chief Scott Forstall who was shown the door last month after refusing to take responsibility for the problems with the iOS app. The embarrassment for Apple was so great that CEO Tim Cook issued an apology to customers and saying that they should use alternative rival apps.

Apple launched their own iOS mapping software after dropping the use of Google's mapping application. The internet search giant is now preparing to launch its own rival downloadable apps on Apple mobile devices.

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner